Pop Phrases!

I have to tell you that I have a love/hate relationship with sight words.

I love to watch my students learn so many in one year (most if them).
I love all of the different activities you can do to help students learn them.

I hate when a student can read the word in isolation and then once you put it in a sentence, they give you a look like it's a word from outer space.
I hate that many of the spelling patterns make no phonetic sense.

Anywho, it is my job to teach them and I do.  I introduce five words a week as a class, but each students works with their own list during Daily 5.  You can read more about how they are individualized here.

It worked great last year, and now I am adding a fluency piece.

I made fluency strips that coordinate with the sight word lists that each student has in their Daily 5 box.

I plan to hang these in my classroom for them to practice, but I also wanted something they could practice at home or as an early finisher activity.  So I took those same phrases and put them all on one page for them to read.  I made my son test them our for me (poor thing, since he is going to be a first grader he is always my guinea pig).

To get your Pop phrases, click below.

If you are interested in my sight words individualized program, click below.

These are all based on Dolch words.  Do you have a specific list that you teach from?  I would love to hear your sight word tricks and tips.


  1. Loving your 'Pop' program for the Dolch Words. In the picture you show the phrases on a ring using a color paper along with a matching word chart for students to study. Do you have the word chart available in another packet?
    Thank you for creating such USEFUL products.

  2. Hi Kathy, yes those are part of the Popcorn Word Assessment Tools that is also pictured in the above post. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong! When I click below for the item I click on the photo. Then all I get is the photo on another page. What am I missing? I don't see any other links.

  4. Hi Dena, I think that I got the link fixed. Try it out and let me know if it does not work. Thanks for your patience.

  5. Still only goes to photo on another page.

    1. Okay, I think i've got it worked out now. Thanks for your patience :)

  6. OMG this POP sight word program you have is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel you pain with sight words and I was looking to structure this same idea this year. You have saved me. Thank you this is excellent.
    You area an amazing teacher my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Hello. I just purchased the assessment pack and the pop sight word, both look AMAZING! I was wondering how you handle when more than one student needs the word cards. I'm thinking I need to make like 5 copies of each set so that there will be enough for each group who is doing this during D5. thoughts?
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Robin, thanks for your interest in these. I have made a set of 20 cards for the assessment pack, and I have 20 cards. Honestly, I think for me I could have done 10 each. My kids are always at different levels, so they don't all need the same card at the same time. For the pop phrases, I made two sets of each color. My students read the pop phrase during D5 and they do it during read to self or buddy, so 2 sets has been a perfect number. I hope that helps and makes sense.

  8. Have you ever made these with Fry Words? Our district uses Fry.


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